150 years on – 6th October 2007 – 27th January 2008 – Manchester Art Gallery – Free admission
Art Treasures in Manchester is a major exhibition that marks the 150th anniversary of the largest art show ever seen in Britain, Art Treasures of the United Kingdom. The original Art Treasures show, held in 1857 in Manchester, was an incredible achievement for the city and an extraordinary artistic event.
The new show brings to life the experience of the Victorian exhibition for the 21st century visitor. Contemporary material such as newspaper reports, guidebooks and individual accounts will help to ‘set the scene’ and explain the social, political and economic climate of the day. Following thorough research by Manchester City Galleries, the new exhibition also brings back to Manchester some of the outstanding artworks on show in 1857.
Manchester Art Gallery will showcase around 160 outstanding works of art from the original show, including work by British artists such as Hogarth, Gainsborough, Turner and Constable, as well as the Pre-Raphaelites and Old Masters.
Decorative artworks also on display will include early Wedgwood ceramics, European porcelain, Venetian glass, Limoges enamels, Renaissance metalwork and European armour, all of exceptional quality.
Eastnor Castle is proud to have contributed part of it’s well known armour collection and will be on display for the duration of the show.
A wide range of events will also be running at the gallery including talks, tours, family workshops and music performances. A catalogue will be available to accompany the exhibition.
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